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Supreme court picks are often a major issue in the presidential elections, given that the judges serve lifetime appointments, unless they choose to retire. Here are the five jurists on the high court longer than any of the others.
William O. Douglas
William Douglas holds the award, the Supreme Court more than any other in history. Douglas, Roosevelt was appointed by President Franklin and confirmed by the Senate on 4. April 1939. He retired, 36 years, seven months and eight days later, on Nov. 12, 1975.
Stephen Johnson Field
Stephen Johnson Field, joined the Supreme court on 10 March 1863, following his appointment by President Abraham Lincoln. He retired 34 years, eight months and 21 days later, in Dec. 1, 1897.
John Paul Stevens
John Paul Stevens is the last justice on this list. He joined the Supreme court in Dec. 17, 1975, after his appointment by President Gerald Ford, taking the place left vacant by Douglas. He served 34 years, six months and 13 days before the retirement on June 30, 2010.
Chief Justice John Marshall, not to be confused with Justice John Marshall Harlan or Harlan’s grandson with the same name, which is also on the Supreme Court — the longest serving chief justice of the Supreme Court’s history. Marshall, who was appointed by President John Adams, was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 27, 1801. He served until his death 34 years, five months and 10 days later, on the 6. July, 1835.
Hugo Black, the Supreme court upheld on Aug. 17, 1937, after his appointment by President Franklin Roosevelt. He served 34 years and a month in retirement. Sept. 17, 1971, eight days before he died.